Feds to put up $1.9B for Oregon health overhaul

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The changes will initially apply only to Medicaid patients, but Kitzhaber wants to eventually extend it to government workers and the general public.

State and federal officials are still negotiating the final details and hope to finish in time to make the first payment, $620 million, on July 1. About 50 groups have applied to become coordinated care organizations, with some hoping to begin operating on Aug. 1.

Federal money is a “transformational achievement” but there are still significant challenges looming, said Joe Robertson, president of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, a hospital and medical school.

“There is a lot of hard work ahead of us to achieve $11 billion in savings,” Robertson said. “Today’s news is encouraging, but we must always focus on long-term solutions.”

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